Howard, Vaughn Shine at Practice; Bowden Meets With Crosby


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Clemson held a morning football practice on the practice
fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center. It was the fourth straight
day of practice and the 11th practice of the preseason for Tommy
Bowden's fifth Clemson team. The Tigers will be back on the fields
for two practices on Friday, the third set of two-a-day practices
this week. The team will hold a scrimmage on Saturday.

"The hottest time of the day is from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and
we practiced in the middle of that time," said Bowden. "We worked
from 9:45 AM to 12:45 PM in very hot conditions. But, they worked
hard the entire practice and we got a lot done."

Bowden continues to be impressed with the team's leadership
in the fall camp. "We are seeing some team leaders come to he
forefront. J.J. Howard and Khaleed Vaughn have done a good job in
that area all camp. It is important this time of the year when you
are setting a tone for the season."

The team continued to spend much time on short yardage
offense and defense and red-zone situations.

The Tigers have been healthy during the preseason. The only
players to miss practice on Thursday were freshman defensive tackle
Donnell Clark (hip) and senior Todd McClinton, who is still waiting
to be cleared after under good tests have suffering a feinting spell
last week. Ben Hall missed practice on Wednesday due to a knee
bruise, but was back at practice on Thursday.

Clemson announced on Wednesday night that wide receiver
Roscoe Crosby was cleared by the ACC to play this year. It is not
known at this time when Crosby will join the team, but Bowden did
meet with the former Parade All-American on late Thursday afternoon.

"I met with Roscoe and his family this afternoon. He
intends to return to Clemson University and we welcome him back to
our program for the 2003 season. He is in the process of taking
care of all the administrative details necessary to return to school
from a class enrollment and tuition standpoint. We hope to have
him back with the team as soon as possible

"It will take him a period of time to get in football shape, he has
not played in a game in 20 months. We have a strong returning group
of receivers and I am excited about their progress so far this
preseason. But, we feel Roscoe can make a consistent contribution to
the team this year. He showed his talents at the end of the 2001
season when he was healthy."

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